Friday, August 13, 2010

We Really Used To Sing This, Exhibit 2

Perpetrated (again) by Tom Parker, 1968 (also responsible for Exhibit 1)

Come Before The Table

REFRAIN: Come before the table of the Lord of hosts with all your lives in your hands.  (How many people's lives do I have to carry in MY hands?  Hope the table is big enough!)

(Like with the other song, Parker tends to cram too many words into certain lines, here the third line of each verse.)

1.  Come now with hope and with gladness
Friends of the risen Christ all signed with his name
We've heard [H]is word and we know that it's joyful news (Parker may have capitalized the pronouns for the Almighty; it just doesn't appear that way in the copy I have.)
Now let us all draw near to share in [H]is food.  (How Parker, Miffleton, the St. Louis Jesuits, Haugen/Haas, et al. got this whole idea from Vatican II that the Eucharist was nothing more that "sharing a meal" is a mystery to me.  But a lot more Catholics born after VII got that idea than that of the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Small wonder nearly 2/3 of Catholics (!) do not believe the Eucharist is the Real Presence of Jesus.  I blame lyrics like these in part.)

2.  Come then and sing with your neighbors (Even if they're not Catholic?)
Men near and far all share your hope and your song
Song for the Son of God [W]ho lives in our midst today
Hope in the Lord [W]ho can save all men.  (Okay, I know the anti-sexism revisions didn't start until the late 70s/early 80s.  I can sort of see the point of getting rid of references like that.  What went too far was removing all references to God the Father as male.  And even in "Be Not Afraid" by Bob Dufford, the lyrics don't even say "wicked men" anymore.  Sheesh.  Also, is Parker saying the song -- his song -- is more important than the Eucharist?  For more such self-referentialism, see Haugen's "Gather Us In.")

3. Come then and bring [H]im your dancing  (Not during the Liturgy, thank you.)
Music and laughter and love, songs of love (What, is this a Bacchanalia?)
Your Lord is glad when his people are filled with joy (only then?)
Your Father smiles when his sons are in love.  (But He cries when He hears music like this.)

4. Come then and bring [H]im your sorrows
Life is a road clogged with trouble and pain (Ever think of trying Liquid-Plumr?)
Jesus was man, man [W]ho died but Lord [W]ho rose again (No.  Re-read the first chapter of John's Gospel.  This line implies Jesus wasn't divine until His Resurrection, which is heresy.)
Join in [H]is saving meal and hope in [H]is name.  (Again, no Sacrifice of the Mass.)

5. Come then and sing [H]im your love songs (John Wimber, front and center!)
Life without loving is a land without rain (Oooo-kayyyy . . .)
God sent [H]is son so [H]is children could love with joy (This whole verse reeks of the spirit of 1968.)
God rained [H]is blood so love might spring from the earth.  (Oh, really?  I'll allow artistic license for the "rained His blood" part, but that's hardly the only reason.  Now if you'll pass me my tie-dye shirt . . .)

6. Come then with food for [H]is table
Bread for [H]is banquet and wine for [H]is guests
Our Lord will share with us this food blessed by victory
Joined in this human meal we touch our God. (On one hand, this is the least objectionable verse, but still, it so minimizes the Eucharist, leading the people to think it's nothing more than a Really Nice Dinner.  The Sacrifice may employ human bread and wine, but they are transsubstantiated into the Body and Blood during the Eucharistic Prayer.  I bet Parker could have worked "transsubstantiation" into a line if he'd wanted to.)

7. (whew . . . seven?) Come then and learn how to praise [H]im (But not through songs like this!)
Hear what your [F]ather did to make us live ("Make us live"?  What does Parker mean by that?)
He sent [H]is only [S]on to teach us to come to [H]im (Yes, and . . . ?)
Surely it's right for us to join in [H]is praise.  (Yes, dignum et justum est.  And don't call me Shirley.)

2 comments: said...

I am in process of revealing how this guy, Dan Schutte, John Foley, GIP Productions and OCP are all using heretical music and sound to destroy our ability to understand the theology of the mass but worse than that, they are promoting and living out lives contrary to church teaching. Dan Schutte is an active homosexual according to my sources, which I will put up on my blog.

Paul said...

Christina: That's why I now sing with a Latin choir. :-)